Education Minister demands UN support for her ministry

20 Sep 2016 10:00am
ONDANGWA, 20 SEP (NAMPA) – Minister of Education, Arts and Culture Katrina Hanse-Himarwa has called on the United Nations (UN)’s special agencies for education to continue supporting her ministry in order to fulfil the realisation of Education 2030.
Hanse-Himarwa made the call in a statement presented on her behalf during the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the Oshikoto Education Region at Ondangwa over the weekend.
It was launched in Namibia in June this year.
SDG 4 aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
Goal 4 has seven targets which, among others, state that by 2030 all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to effective learning outcomes.
The SDGs form part of Education 2030, which is a new education agenda adopted last year to succeed unfinished Education for All (EFA) goals which lasted from 2000 to 2015.
Hanse-Himarwa said the education sector still has a huge shortfall to meet the demands of SDGs and as such, she advocates for robust funding to support the quest of realising Education 2030.
She further stated that education underpins the achievements of all development goals and failing to make adequate investments into education, puts the fulfilment of the entire SDG Agenda at risk.
“Therefore, I make a clarion call to all our development partners, donors and international financing mechanism to increase funding to the education sector and to support the implementation of all targets according to regional needs and priorities,” said Hanse-Himarwa.
She noted that the implementation of SDGs and their targets will need scaled-up investments and international cooperation to allow all children to complete free, universally, equitable, inclusive and quality early childhood, primary and secondary education.
Speaking at the same event, Associate Peace Corps Director Paulina Kakuva, on behalf of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco), noted that the world has made tremendous progress in education since 2000, when EFA goals and Millennium Development Goals were established.
“However, those goals were not reached by the 2015 deadline, and continued action is needed to complete the unfinished agenda,” she said.
With Goal 4 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its associated targets, Kakuva said, the world has set a more ambitious universal education agenda for the period from 2015 to 2030.
“Every effort must be made to guarantee that this time the goal and targets are achieved,” Kakuva suggested.
Senior education officials, inspectors of educations, principals, teachers, learners and parents attended the SDGs launching of the Oshikoto Education Region.